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Another day and a new slew of articles on the web, in the media or on blogs decrying the “occupation of Judea and Samaria” by Israel. It is always amazing to note that the authors for the most part are young people of Jewish ancestry, liberal millennials, or ignorant of vicious anti-Semitism.

It does not take much to obtain news coverage in the liberal media if you espouse BDS views, anti-Israel or anti-Semitic attitudes.

It is interesting to note that virtually all of these proponents of anti-Jewish diatribes are bred on ignorance of the history of the region since 1948. How unnerving is it to realize that most Jews under the age of 65 have no idea as to the events of May 1967? No one living through that time in history will ever forget the ominous feeling that our co-religionists in Israel faced in the weeks prior to the outbreak of the Six-Day War.

Israelis of that era will tell you about the tens of thousands of graves dug in anticipation of mass casualties in the war. Yeshiva students in the USA and around the world were busy saying Tehillim in school and joining their parents in community gatherings to say more Tehillim.

On June 5, 1967, Israel attacked the Syrian and Egyptian airfields and virtually destroyed their respective air forces. Israel appealed to King Hussein of Jordan to stay out of the war. King Hussein, honoring his agreement with Egypt, laid down a barrage of artillery fire on Israel. This was the Palestinian entrance to the Six-Day War. Israel defended itself and ended up in control of all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Israel tried to avoid the confrontation with Jordan and the Palestinians but ended up in control of the areas from the Jordan River to the UN Partition lines. One would hesitate to call it an occupation if one realizes that Israel acted in self defense and as a result of Palestinian aggressive action Israel controlled this territory.

In the past 50 years, Israel offered several plans such as the Alon plan, the Clinton plan and others to return most of the land to Palestinian control. One should view the actions of the Palestinians in Gaza in 2005 as a lesson to be learned.

There is no occupation in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria; it is control of land that is a result of aggression. A resolution will only come about when Palestinians modify their educational system recognizing Israel. “Peace will come when Palestinian mothers love their children more than they hate us,” noted the late Golda Meir.

Yehudi Echad
Teaneck
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